The municipality has also become party to a UAE Government programme this year to retrofit buildings with systems designed to save energy. Other Dubai Government entities will also join the Municipality with similar efforts.
“We’re moving to a wider space in energy savings by implementing energy conservation measures,” said an official. Dubai has curbed the rising costs of utility provision by a programme to moderate the consumption of electricity and water.
Dubai residents have reduced their use electricity, deterred by the hefty increases in utility bills. This has helped the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to postpone the construction of a large-scale 1,500 MW Hassyan power plant project. This renewable energy facility is due to be completed by 2030.
Dubai currently relies entirely on imports to meet its requirements for natural gas – the primary fuel for power plants in the area. It is forced to import expensive liquefied natural gas to meet spiraling demand during the summer and passes on the additional cost to consumers as fuel surcharge. The DSCE in January announced plans for the 1,000MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.